Portland-area voters are being asked to decide a measure put on the ballot by the regional government, Metro. Metro Measure 26-160 hasn’t gotten a lot of attention and it’s arguably a bit wonky, so we thought we’d take a moment to explain.
Measure 26-160 would maintain Metro’s current charter, which prohibits the regional government from mandating higher densities in existing single-family neighborhoods.
To understand the Metro measure you have to go back 12 years. That’s when property rights group, Oregonians in Action put a measure on the ballot aimed at density in three ways: it would have repealed existing density rules, blocked Metro from enacting new rules, and local governments would have had to notify residents of any changes.
Metro opposed that. Councilors referred a narrower measure to the ballot. It passed. But it will expire, if voters don’t approve the Metro measure on this fall’s ballot.
We’ll talk to Rob Manning to find out more about the implications of this local measure.
Editor’s note: This post has been changed to include the correct ballot measure number.